About the Author

Mason Butts

After graduating from UCLA with a Master's in Education, Mason spent 5 years as a science educator in a South Los Angeles public high school. He is committed to supporting the holistic growth of all students and empowering them to live a life of relational, academic, and financial success. Now settled in the Bay Area, Mason enjoys facilitating professional developments and partnering with educators as they prepare students for a bright financial future. When Mason is not building curriculum or planning a training, he can be found cycling, trying new foods, and exploring the outdoors.

Author: Mason Butts

Question of the Day: How long does it take to get a tax refund?

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Mar 08, 2021
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Question of the Day, Taxes
Answer: Between 1 week and 2 months, depending on how you file Questions: Which type of tax filing would you prefer to do? Why? Why might getting your tax refund quickly be important? Why? What would you do with a received tax refund? Here are the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.   Behind the Numbers (Smart Asset): "When you get your tax refund will depend largely on how you file your return. The fastest option is to...

Question of the Day [Women's History Month]: How much has Rihanna contributed to Covid-19 pandemic relief in the last year?

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Mar 03, 2021
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Question of the Day, Generosity
Answer: Over $8 million! and her Clara Lionel Foundation raised over $22.5 million! Questions: If you had the financial success of Rihanna, what causes would you donate to? Why? Have you ever been able to help someone in need through your (monetary or nonmonetary) resources? How did you feel during that experience? What can we learn from looking at her success as a musician and entrepreneur? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can...

Question of the Day: What percent of U.S. taxpayers prepared their own tax returns in 2020?

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Mar 01, 2021
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Question of the Day, Taxes
Answer: Among those who filed electronically, 47% prepared their own returns Questions: What do you think are the factors that determine whether someone files their own returns or hires a professional to do it?  Do you hope to be able to file your own tax returns? Why or why not? What are resources that you can use to make filing your own returns easier?  Here are the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the...

Question of the Day: What percent of Gen Z subscribe or share a Netflix account?

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Feb 23, 2021
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Question of the Day, Budgeting
Answer: 78% Questions: Do you subscribe to Netflix? What makes it such a popular platform? How do you enjoy movie and television content? What is your streaming service of choice? In light the Covid-19 pandemic and the growth of streaming services, do you think movie theaters will continue to find success when reopened? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.   Behind the numbers (Business of Apps):...

Question of the Day [Black History Month]: How did Madame CJ Walker become the first American woman to be a self-made millionaire?

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Feb 22, 2021
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Question of the Day, Entrepreneurship
Answer: She invented a line of African American hair products and promoted them by traveling around the country giving lecture-demonstrations and eventually established Madame C.J. Walker Laboratories to manufacture cosmetics and train sales beauticians. Questions: What characteristics do you think Madame CJ Walker had that made her such a successful entrepreneur? Why was it important that Madame CJ Walker not only invented an important product, but also committed time and energy to share it...

Question of the Day [Black History Month]: Who was Wall Street's first Black millionaire?

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Feb 17, 2021
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Question of the Day, Investing
Answer: Jeremiah G. Hamilton   Questions: Despite the controversy of Wall Street at the time and his success, what can we learn from Jeremiah G. Hamilton's story? How can he inspire you to pursue success financially? Who do you look up to as a person who is successful with their finances? Why? What are some strategies that you could use to build your wealth over time? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your...

Question of the Day: What's the top financial app in the App Store in Feb. 2021?

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Feb 15, 2021
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Question of the Day, Investing
Answer: Robinhood From App Annie (2/12/21):  Questions: Why do you think these apps are so popular? When do you think people find these apps most useful?  Do you have any finance apps on your phone? Why or why not?  Typically, peer to peer payment apps like Venmo dominates this list. Why are these other apps so popular right now? Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.   Behind the numbers (Wall...

Question of the Day [Black History Month]: How much money do Black Americans give in charitable donations annually?

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Feb 10, 2021
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Question of the Day, Budgeting
Answer: Over $11 billion a year Questions: Have you ever donated before? What causes are you most interested in supporting? How might your own family history and tradition impact your giving in the future? How might learning about the experiences and traditions of others impact your own spending/giving? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.   Behind the numbers (Forbes): Though research is limited...

Question of the Day: How much on average did Super Bowl LV viewers spend on food and drinks for the big game?

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Feb 08, 2021
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Question of the Day, Budgeting
Answer: $74.55 on average, totaling more than $13.9 billion Questions: Did your family spend any money on food and drinks for the Super Bowl this year? How would you/your family's spending differ from last year's Super Bowl?  Would it surprise you to learn that the Super Bowl is the second biggest eating day in terms of consumer spending? Why do you think it's so popular? Here's the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.   Behind the...

Question of the Day: What percent of students receive scholarships or grants for college?

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Feb 01, 2021
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Question of the Day, Paying for College
Answer: 63% of all undergraduates receive at least one grant or scholarship.   Questions  Would you choose a college just based on how many scholarships or grant aid you receive from them? Why or why not? Aside from the percentage of students receiving scholarship or grant aid, what else would you want to know when researching colleges? What are other ways that you can pay for college besides scholarships or grants?  How are scholarships and grants different from loans? Click...

Question of the Day: How many Americans could not pay a surprise $1,000 bill using their savings account?

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Jan 27, 2021
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Question of the Day, Savings
Answer: 38% (Charging a credit card and pay over time, borrowing from a friend/family member, or taking out a personal loan) Questions: Are you surprised by this number? Why or why not? What are some surprise expenses that could amount to $1000? What are some surprise expenses that cost more than $1000?  Between charging a credit card, borrowing from a friend, or taking a personal loan, what option is most costly? Why? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for...

Question of the Day: What percent of U.S. workers participate in the gig economy?

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Jan 25, 2021
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Question of the Day, Career
Answer: 36% Questions: What are examples of jobs within the gig economy?  Would you ever consider a gig economy job? Describe the type of role that you would be interested in.  Workers in the gig economy report higher economic anxiety that full-time workers. Why do you think this is the case?  Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.   Behind the numbers (Gallup): "In recent years much has been made about the...

Question of the Day (Updated): What are the highest paying jobs in America?

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Jan 19, 2021
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Question of the Day, Career
Answer: 1. Anesthesiologists $261,730 2. Surgeons $252,0403. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons $237,570  View the rest of the list here!   Questions: What common characteristics do you notice about these jobs? What training/education is required for these positions? What jobs do you think didn’t exist 20 years ago that are on the list? What does this tell you about the nature of the job market? Are any of these jobs of interest to you? Are they any that you want to do further...

Question of the Day: What are the top 3 categories that Gen Z spends its money on?

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Jan 18, 2021
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Question of the Day, Budgeting
Answer: Clothes/Shoes, Books & music (physical copies), and Apps Questions:  In which of the following categories do you spend your own money? Are you surprised by the top 3 results in this study? Why or why not? How do you think COVID-19 has impacted Gen Z spending habits? Do you think this will be a temporary or lasting change?    Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.   Behind the numbers (IBM): ...

Question of the Day: What were the top three expenses the government paid for with our tax dollars in 2019?

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Jan 12, 2021
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Question of the Day, Taxes
Answer: Health, Military, and Interest on Debt Questions: Are you surprised by the top 3 categories the Federal government spends taxpayer money on? Explain. How would you adjust the spending allocation across these categories (if at all)? Why? What top three items do you think the government will spend tax dollars on in ten years? How much per item? Why?  Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.  ...